The Unit explores the question: “How do rituals and symbols in theatre explore the human condition?” Students are introduced to limited aspects of approaches suggested by Jerry Grotowski, Peter Brooke, Robert Wilson and Antonin Artaud; allowing them to explore the use of rituals, symbols and masks in theatre. It specifically introduces students to theatre elements of time, space, movement, sound, masks, voice and image making applied to the creation and presentation of performances.
The Learning Goals for the unit are to:
- Negotiate meaning in small groups through discussion, improvisation and workshop
- Use ritual and symbols to enhance individual and group expression
- Demonstrate confidence in applying transformations using objects, light and sound, materials, characterization, stage space and audience
- Respond to texts which utilize ritual and symbols
- Express understandings and feelings about social, cultural and personal issues and events through drama processes and performance
The Unit is designed to introduce students to some basic theatrical techniques for preparing a role and character using theories of Constantine Stanislavsky and Bertolt Brecht and applied to presenting Shakespeare. It poses the question: “How might seemingly competing approaches to theatrical presentation be utilized to make theatre more relevant to contemporary audiences?”
Learning Goals for the Unit are to:
- Apply the theories of Stanislavski and Brecht in preparation for performance
- Examine theatre in relation to cultural and social obligations
- Use the stage space effectively for performance and communication with audiences
- Incorporate issues and events of political, cultural and social significance into dramatic construction and presentation
- Extend the voice for performing “heightened text”.
apply the theories of Stanislavski and Brecht in preparation for performanceexamine theatre in relation to cultural and social obligationsuse the stage space effectively for performance and communication with audiencesincorporate issues and events of political, cultural and social significance into dramatic construction and presentationextend the voice for performing “heightened text”